Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Catting Around

Author: Charlie Richards
Publisher: eXtasy Books
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-77111-793-7
Genre: {M/M}, Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

For someone so young, Chip has had a rough time.  Adopted as a child, Chip thought he finally had a family of his own, yet when he unexpectedly shifts, his human parents freak and Chip finds himself on his own once again.  To make things even worse, while living in his shifter form, Chip is captured by the scientists who have been using shifters for experiments.  Thankfully Kontra and his men step in and save him, and many others, leaving Chip once again hoping for a normal life.

Catting Around is the sixteenth book in Ms. Richards’ Kontra’s Menagerie series.  This story centers on a recent rescue from one of the previous books.  Chip had a hard time before being captured; now he has even more to overcome.  Having never been taught the ways of shifters, Chip is clueless and I like that the author did not downplay this problem, especially once Chip meets his mate. 

Grimes is a lion shifter and a member of the Perrin’s pride.  He has wanted a mate and has just about reached the decision to leave the pride in order to find him.  I liked the way the author introduces the two men.  Chip has no idea what is about to happen and he reacts accordingly.  In turn, the patience and understanding Grimes has with Chip makes him the perfect mate for the younger man. 

With this series, I am always curious which mated pair will end up staying put, and which will end up going on the road with Kontra.  There have been a couple of times where the decision was different from what I thought would be made.  In Catting Around, that was not the case.  Due to some of Chip’s issues, there was only one choice and I am glad that it played out the way it did. 

Catting Around was a fast-paced read that is a wonderful addition to an ongoing series.  While it is possible to read some of the stories in this series on their own, I would not recommend it, as some themes occasionally carry over from one book to the other. 

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